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mschum.jpg  Heaven received a new angel – on Sunday November 14, 2021, Meryl Irene (Kriger) Schum, loving wife and mother of three children passed away at age 93 while in hospice in Winston-Salem, NC. Meryl was born October 10, 1928 in Darien, NY to Charles and Elizabeth (Klossner) Kriger.

Meryl worked tirelessly and selflessly for over 35 years at New York Telephone and later AT&T, across three different states. On June 19, 1948 she married William Schum, with whom she shared over 70 magical years. Together they raised one daughter, Suzanne and two sons, Richard and Gary.

Meryl was passionate about helping her children and grandchildren, always providing emotional and financial support whenever it was needed. She loved to travel cross-country with her family and later, traveling to spend time with grandchildren and support their endeavors. Meryl took many trips with family and grandchildren to Walt Disney World always making sure that the kids had plenty of souvenirs and treats to take home. Meryl would often volunteer to work on a holiday so she could be off on a particular night to watch her son Gary play his high school hockey game. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, attending the last two Super Bowls the Bills played in and making an annual trek to Buffalo to attend a game with her son Gary. After moving from Batavia to North Carolina, she and Bill enjoyed traveling back to Batavia and to Cary, IL to visit children, grandchildren, and friends.

She was fortunate to see her grandson Christopher play many NCAA and more recently professional golf tournaments. And as recently as July 4th, was able to attend the Ellicottville Rodeo to see her granddaughter Courtney perform her trick riding act and compete in many rodeo events.

She loved to watch Kimberly perform on stage and became a “super fan” for her grandson Connor during his high school football years. She enjoyed watching her two granddaughters Elizabeth and Courtney compete riding horses and watching her grandsons Grant and Brent play hockey (or just needling each other). There was never a visit to any of her children’s homes when a shopping trip was not on the agenda – she loved to shop – mostly for others! One of her favorite hobbies was knitting, and she made many blankets for each grandchild, friends’ children, and sweaters for herself and beanie hats for newborns at the hospital.  She even made a cherished blanket for a guinea pig!  Meryl also loved her miniature long-haired dachshund Minnie which kept her company after Bill’s passing. Perhaps her greatest love was her husband of 70 years, Bill. We will always remember the wedding dances where they were the last couple standing – they were the exemplary soulmates.

Meryl was preceded in death by her father Charles, mother Elizabeth, brother Richard and grandson Brent.

She is survived by daughter Suzanne (Steve) Green, grandchildren Christopher (Rachel) Green, Kimberly Green (Brian Janty), Connor Green, great granddaughter Emma Green, son Richard Schum & granddaughter Elizabeth Schum, son Gary Schum & grandchildren Grant & Courtney Schum.

There will be no calling hours. A 10:00AM Funeral Service will be held Monday November 22, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

weber.jpg  James C. Weber, 63, of Attica passed away on November 16, 2021.  He was born on January 10, 1958 in Buffalo to the late James R. and Patricia (Cunningham) Weber. In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by his brothers; Charles and Michael Weber; brother in law Greg Helm.  

Jim retired after 35 years as a Corrections Officer, spending the majority of those years at Wyoming Correctional Facility. Jim loved the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks where he enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping with his family. He enjoyed spending his days with the love of his life, Diane, and his beloved dog, Millie, at their home which Jim referred to as their “little piece of heaven.” His greatest joy was the deep love he had for his family. He loved being a grandfather and doing everything with his best buddy, Zander. Jim loved talking to people and made everyone he was around feel like family, something he carried over to Gateway Home where he and Diane volunteered. He was known by many as the “wreath man,” making Christmas wreaths for over thirty years for craft shows and for family. 

He is survived by his beloved wife; Diane (Helm) Weber of Attica; children Kimberly (Christopher) Travale of Attica, Cory (Emily) Weber of Varysburg; siblings Bradley (Amy) Weber of Castile, Eileen Weber of NH; sister-in-law Darlynne Weber of Attica; brothers-in-law Neil (Mary) Helm of SC, Gary Helm of Varysburg, Jay Helm of Varysburg and Keith (Lori) Helm of PA; his grandson Zander Travale, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday November 20, 2021 at the First Baptist Church 3 Prospect St. Attica, NY 14011.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Attica Rescue Squad, 11 Water Street, Attica, New York 14011 or Gateway Home 91 Main St. in Attica.  For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

LeRoy ~ Darlene R. Kaczmark (Hume) passed away due to complications of Covid, late Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2021.

  darlene_hume_0.jpg   She is survived by her two sons, Robert Hume and Antonio Martinez Jr.; grandchildren, Antonio, Jade and Aniya Martinez, along with many sisters, brothers and cousins.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, November 19 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Street Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Darlene's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

mcjury_daniel_-_photo.jpgDaniel M. McJury, 66 of Lancaster, formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (November 15, 2021).

He was born February 18, 1955 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Robert and Mary Jean Borst McJury.

Dan was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended Genesee Community College. He had a long career in the transportation and trucking industry; working his way up from a delivery driver with UPS and ending his career as the Regional Manager for Land, Air Express.

Dan was a caring and devoted brother, father, uncle and grandfather who loved to spend his time traveling and visiting with family.  He was a hard worker but always balanced work commitments and family life to be there for his children and family.  Dan will be missed by all who knew him and remembered fondly. 

Survivors include his children, Rebecca (Dr. Robert) Gouinlock of Attica, Patrick (Justine) McJury of Batavia and Matthew McJury of Batavia. Grandchildren, Elizabeth and William Gouinlock and Emma and John McJury. Siblings, Bob (Patricia) McJury of Victor, NY, Mary Beth (Dan) Riordan of Alexandria, VA, Ellen (Matt) Dooley of Vienna, VA, and Tom (Lori) McJury of Fairport, NY. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many caring friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (November 18th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in honor of Daniel M. McJury to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Joan Shirley Fricano (nee Carr) of Amherst, NY, beloved wife, and cherished mother and grandmother, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Joan was born in Batavia, NY, to Fred and Shirley Carr, and married for 49 years to her high school sweetheart Mike Fricano. They had three children, Michael, Melissa and Katie, all adopted from Seoul, South Korea.  

Joan was the glue of the family who brought everyone together and made taking care of everyone else, including the family's many pets, her favorite job. She would go on to form especially close bonds with her grandson, Alex Sniezak, and granddaughter, Mina Southard, and loved going to Disney World with them.

She is survived by her husband, children Michael, Melissa (Michael Southard) and Katie, grandchildren Alex and Mina, step-grandchild Kristin Southard, three brothers, one sister and many members of her extended family who miss her deeply.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Out of an abundance of caution Joan's family asks that face coverings are worn and social distancing observed while at the funeral home.   Joan's funeral service will be for family and close friends.  Her funeral can be viewed live by logging onto https://www.bataviafuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Joan-Fricano/ on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

bernard.jpg  Bernard A. Buckenmeyer, 81 of Alexander, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. He was born December 30, 1939 in Alexander to the late Charles J. and Margaret M. (Gilhooly) Buckenmeyer. He is preceded in death by granddaughter, Michelle G. Buckenmeyer, siblings, Charles (Violet) Buckenmeyer, Jr, George (Dorothy) Buckenmeyer, Elizabeth Buckenmeyer, Mary (Larry) Falkowski, Catherine Raines, Dorothy (Eddie) Moynihan, Lucy (Jim) Moag, Margaret (Jim) Hofmann.

Bernie owned and operated Buckenmeyer Brothers Dairy Farm in Alexander. He loved horses, rodeoing and farming. Bernie was one of the original starting members of the Attica Rodeo. Bernie is in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame for his exceptional talents in Basketball. He was always supportive in any adventure you did, a friend to all and he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife Geri (Heymans) Buckenmeyer, sons, Bernie Jr and Tim (partner Deb Barie), daughter Leigh (partner Bob Fuller); 6 grandchildren, Todd (partner Matthew) Buckenmeyer, Sara (partner Ray) Buckenmeyer, Cory (Alisha) Buckenmeyer, Darin (partner C.J.) Buckenmeyer, Adam (partner Abigail) Buckenmeyer, 3 great-grandchildren, Madison Eddy Peyson Foster and Lilia Alyce Buckenmeyer, brother Francis Buckenmeyer, brother-in-law Paul Raines, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 12:00 Noon, Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Lydia A. Fisher, 74, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at her home.

Lydia was born on December 3, 1946, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Rudolph and Edna Yutzy Chupp. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert H. Fisher and her brother John Chupp.

Lydia worked for the Batavia City School District as a teacher’s aide. She was a big fan of the Batavia Muckdogs. Everything Lydia did, was for the joy and love of her grandchildren.

Lydia is survived by her children; Anne Fisher, Bob (Kristine) Fisher and Steven Fisher all of Tennessee, David (Rachel) Fisher of Batavia and Christine (Johnny) Thorpe of Texas; 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; her siblings, Verda (late Michael) Rentschler, William (Sandy) Chupp, Elsie Beach, Jerry Chupp, Sylvanus (Donna) Chupp and Daniel Chupp. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Friday, November 19, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Akron, 122 Main Street, Akron, NY. Burial will follow in Alden Union Cemetery, Alden, NY.

Memorials may be made to the family.

elainemfuest.jpegElaine M. Fuest, 65 of Bennington, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 13, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer. Elaine was born in Buffalo, December 19, 1955 the daughter of the late Thaddeus & Clara (Blaszyk) Zola. She is preceded in death by her brother Robert Zola.

Elaine enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, especially pinochle and relaxing while reading romance novels. She had a passion for the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing with family, waterfalls, photography and parks. Elaine was an animal lover, from horses to goats and golden retrievers. Her greatest joy was the deep love she had for her family.

Elaine is survived by her beloved husband, Francis E. Fuest Jr, her children, Brenda A. (Kevin) Rosel of Clarence, Francis J. Fuest of Batavia, Timothy J. Fuest of Bennington, granddaughter, Isabel Rosel of Clarence and brother Eugene P. Zola of Cave Junction, OR.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Squad 1353 RT 354, Attica, NY 14011. To leave thoughts or a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled visitation and funeral mass on November 17 & 18 for Joan F. Staats has been postponed to a future date to be determined and announced.

Elba - Chad A.  Zawistowski, 34 of Elba passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Chad was born Monday, October 26th, 1987 in Rochester, a son of Beth Cekuta Beale of Elba and the late Carl Zawistowski.

An avid hunter, Chad enjoyed being out on the water kayaking, traveling with family and friends and playing rugby.  He was generous, selfless, kind and was always the life of the party. Chad had the biggest heart and motivated others around him to be better people. He adored his wife and sons and will be remembered for being "all things good".

Surviving along with his mother is his wife, Abby Zawistowski of Elba; his sons, Sawyer A. Zawistowski and Elias A. Zawistowski, both of Elba; his siblings, Adam (Meghan) Zawistowski of Chili, Sarah (Greg) Garcia of Hilton and Jacob Beale of Elba; his grandfather, Albert Cekuta of Gates, several aunts and uncles including Kevin (Val) Cekuta of Webster and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm  at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, New York where Chad's memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 19th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Life - Genesee County Office, P.O. Box 614, Bergen, New York 14416.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Chad's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

*In order to protect the health of the family, we kindly ask that all in attendance for visiting hours and funeral services wear facial coverings.*




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